The FAA orders airlines to pause departures after system failure

Shannon Stapleton | Reuters

Hundreds of US flights were delayed Wednesday morning after the Federal Aviation Administration suffered an outage in the system that sends messages to pilots.

The FAA ordered airlines to suspend domestic departures until 9 a.m. ET “to allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information.” The agency said it is working to restore the Notice to Air Missions system.

More than 1,200 U.S. flights were delayed as of 7:25 a.m. ET Wednesday, according to FlightAware.

“This technology issue is causing significant operational delays across the National Airspace System,” said Airlines for America, an industry group that represents major U.S. airlines, including delta, American, United, southwest and other.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas said in a tweet that arriving and departing passengers can expect delays throughout the day.

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